We are a coalition of citizens dedicated to achieving sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land use advocacy, education, and promotion.

Through our efforts at government and beyond, we believe that Lexington can be the model for sustainable growth by balancing and connecting our vibrant city, with our productive and beautiful Bluegrass farmland.

Since 2006, we have worked with City Hall to usher over 108 major land-use policies into law that further sustainable growth. By achieving our mission, we positively impact planning and zoning laws—which are the building blocks of a better quality of life, economy, and environment for all of us.

Fayette Alliance wants to make Lexington a better place by promoting sustainable growth through land use advocacy and education

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Our mission to help Lexington grow…

Despite its potential, Lexington-Fayette County is facing many challenges. We are losing farmland at an alarming rate to sprawl development. For instance, Fayette County lost over 19,000 acres of agricultural land between 1997 and 2002, and was named as one of the most endangered cultural landscapes in the world by the World Monuments Fund in 2006. And yet, it’s estimated that we have over 12,000 acres of underused and blighted land inside the city for potential re-development.

No question, Lexington-Fayette County will continue to grow. An additional 60,000 people will be calling Lexington home by 2030. Therefore, the real question is not “if” we grow, but “how” we grow— and Fayette Alliance believes we can provide an answer that protects our irreplaceable Bluegrass landscape, while also improving our city, quality of life, and local economy.

Why does Lexington need the Fayette Alliance?

Our Staff

Susan Speckert, Executive Director

Susan comes to the Fayette Alliance after serving over six years as General Counsel to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Prior to her position at the Commission, Susan was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fayette County, and an Associate at Stoll Keenon Ogden, where she practiced primarily in the areas of planning and zoning and real estate. Prior to attending law school, Susan worked in the area of violence against women prevention, having worked at a battered women’s shelter and served as Executive Director of the Women’s Center at the University of New Orleans.

Susan graduated from the Loyola University School of Law, magna cum laude, in May 2003. While in law school, Susan was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Law Review. After law school, she completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Susan relocated to Lexington from New Orleans in 2005. She is proud to live in such a dynamic city that values its irreplaceable rural landscape. Susan is an avid horsewoman and enjoys competing in local dressage competitions. She and her husband, Chris, live on a small farm in Fayette County with their dogs, horses, and barn cats. Susan is thrilled to join the Fayette Alliance and committed to promoting its mission.

Contact her at director@fayettealliance.com

Mary Gilbert, Office Manager

Mary joins the team at Fayette Alliance with over twenty-five years of administrative experience in the corporate arena at Ashland Inc. She also has a background with the system office at Kentucky Community and Technical College System, as well as a recent tenure at Three Chimneys Farm. Mary is thrilled to support the charge of Fayette Alliance of sustaining our beautiful farmland and upbeat city.

Contact her at mary@fayettealliance.com

Ashley C. Smith, Director of Education and Governmental Affairs

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Ashley C. Smith brings many years of diverse experience in public service, educational programming and community outreach to the Fayette Alliance. Prior to joining the Fayette Alliance team, Ashley served as development coordinator at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center and worked for Community Ventures, Smiley Pete Publishing, KentuckyOne Health, Bluegrass Hospitality Group and NetGain Technologies. Ashley is a member of the Ethical Redevelopment Salon, Kentucky State University President’s Advisory Board and past Scholarship Chair for the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, Ashley serves on the management team for the crave food + music festival and steering committee for the Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange. Ashley is proud to help the citizens of her hometown make informed decisions around the building blocks of their daily lives.

Contact her at ashley@fayettealliance.com.

Paige Halpin Smith, Director of Development

Paige comes to Fayette Alliance after fundraising for Kentucky political campaigns. She previously served as the Associate Director of Development for her alma mater, Monmouth College, in Illinois. Raised in the rural Midwest, Paige was heavily involved in 4-H, showing her family’s Polled Hereford cattle at county fairs. She is an active member of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Lexington. Paige is thrilled to be making a home in such a vibrant city that loves and respects its surrounding farmland.

Contact her at paige@fayettealliance.com

Fayette Alliance Inc. Board of Directors

Eunice A. Beatty, PhD Dr. Michael Karpf
UK HealthCare
Jimmy Bell
John Phillips
Darby Dan Farm
Price Bell, Jr.
Nicoma Bloodstock
Tom Poskin
Meridian Wealth Management
Sandra Noble Canon
Community Ventures
 Walt Robertson
Todd Clark
Clark Farms
Chauncey Morris
Kentucky Thoroughbred Association
Kip Cornett
Cornett IMS
Don Robinson
Winter Quarter Farm
Susan Enlow
Greenbrier Neighborhood Association
Griffin VanMeter
Greg Goodman
Mt. Brilliant Farm
Knox van Nagell
UK HealthCare
Gay Haggin VanMeter
Chair, BGIC Steering Committee
 Holly Wiedemann
AU Associates
Stan Harvey
Lord Aeck Sargent
Anthony Wright
Harshaw Trane
Barry Holmes
Lexington Housing Authority
Matt Hovekamp
Emerge Contracting

Fayette Alliance Foundation Board of Directors

Ann Bakhaus
Kentucky Eagle Inc.
Bill Justice
Justice Real Estate
Gary Biszantz
Cobra Farm
Sue Masson
Green Lantern Farm
Jimmy Bell
John Phillips
Darby Dan Farm
Greg Goodman
Mt. Brilliant Farm
Don Robinson
Winter Quarter Farm
Orrin Ingram
Ingram Industries
Bill Shively
Dixiana Farm

Fayette Alliance Sustainers

Josephine Abercrombie
Pin Oak Stud
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders
Helen Alexander
Middlebrook Farm
Murray & Teri Kessler
Andover Management Group
Allen Schubert & John Knapp
Lane’s End Farm
Ann Bakhaus
Kentucky Eagle
Robert & Gwen Langley
Langley Properties Company
Ian Banwell
St. George Farm
Lisa Lourie
Spy Coast Farm
Antony & Angela Beck
Gainesway Farm
Deirdre Lyons
Alltech Inc.
Gary E. & Betty Biszantz
Cobra Farm
Richard & Sue Ann Masson
Green Lantern Farm
Alex Campbell Joe & Jacqueline Murphy
Stoneleigh Farm
Darley Celeste Neuman
Stonetower Stables
Fayette Co. Farm Bureau Don Robinson
Winter Quarter Farm
David & Philippa Fogg Bill & Donna Shively
Dixiana Farm
Greg & Becky Goodman
Mt. Brilliant Farm
Tom VanMeter, DVM
Stockplace Farm
Dave Harper
Sequoia Farm
Mr. & Mrs. Derek D. Vaughan
Associates Warehouse
John Hendrickson & Marylou Whitney
Marylou Whitney Stables
Fra Vaughan
Watts & Sally Humphrey
Shawnee Farm
Brian & Lori Wood
Walnut Springs Farm
Keeneland Association  James & Misdee Wrigley Miller
Hillcroft Farms